Hike Barr Trail to Barr Camp

Hi Secular Hikers,

Weather permitting; there will be a hike on Monday, July 14th.  This hike will be going up Barr Trail to Barr Camp.  This hike is almost 14 mile round trip with 3630 ft. elevation gain.  The elevation at Barr Camp is 10,200 ft..

Some of us plan on going out to dinner after the hike and some of us will be carpooling from the Woodmen Valley park-n-ride. To get there from Interstate 25 and Woodmen Road, go west to the first stop light, turn left (south) on Corporate Drive, turn right (west) at the first intersection onto Mark Dabling Blvd, take an immediate right turn into the parking lot.  We will be leaving this parking lot at 8:15 AM.

Please bring enough water and snacks for the hike.

Please let me know if you plan on attending the hike and where you will meet us. If you change your mind, please let me know that also.

Rich [masked])

p.s. It costs me $72 twice a year to be a meetup organizer.  Would you please consider helping by sharing this expense?  If I receive about $0.50 per person (including guests) per hike or (to avoid a bunch of quarters) $1.00 per person about every other hike you attend, I would come out roughly even.

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  • Gene O.

    Well, I made it to Barr Camp! It was a hard slog for me on the upgrade, outbound leg, especially the first couple of miles of switchbacks. But I did not completely run out of breath like on last week's hike. Credit the cooler weather, wearing shorts, and putting ice water in the Camelbak (I drank almost five liters of water).

    We were rained on twice, once heavily. Thunderstorms occurred just as we got to Barr Camp, around 1 PM. And another thunderstorm hit us with heavy rainfall as we entered the last mile back to the trailhead.

    Issues? I lost my hiking poles; left 'em at the trailhead potty. And I definitely can't wear wool socks. They made my ankles break out in a very visible rash.

    We covered 12.28 miles in just over eight hours, including the lunch break. All the numbers from my GPS watch may be found here: http://www.movescount.com/moves/move35885239.

    1 · July 15

  • Rich B.

    We took Barr Trail to Barr Camp. On the way back we took a detour on Bob's Road to a trail down to the Experimental Forest.

    July 15

  • Gene O.

    Rich, per our phone chat, I'll meet you guys at the Woodmen Park 'n Ride at 0815.

    Gene

    July 13

  • Gene O.

    Chris, Rich, and (maybe) Kym,

    Given what happened with my allergies on the Seven Bridges trail, there's a good chance I may not be able to complete this hike. And I'm going to give it the old college try.

    I will take some allergy medication beforehand, which may help. And I'll travel alone to the trailhead, just in case I have to cut the hike short and return early to the parking lot.

    Wish me luck!

    1 · July 9

    • Gene O.

      Rich, my doctor agrees with your initial assessment. She thinks the increased heat and humidity did me in during last Monday's hike, not allergies and not the sun block I'd rubbed on.

      For warm weather hikes, my MD recommends I wear shorts and a shirt made to wick away sweat. She also suggests I drink some caffeine before starting the hike.

      Next Monday's weather is supposed to be cooler than what we had last week, so that should help. I'll still travel separately to the trail head, just in case my progress becomes too slow or I have to turn back early.

      Gene

      July 11

    • John and Kym S.

      Let's hope that episode last week was a one time happenstance.

      1 · July 12

  • John and Kym S.

    You guys are on your own. Troggins and I have to cancel. Have a nice and safe hike.

    July 11

  • John and Kym S.

    I am hoping to go, but we have family flying into Denver on Monday. They will visit friends there and then head to the Springs later in the day. Once the time is set I will know if I can fit the hike in.

    July 8

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